Halftime: Late first-half score puts Vikings in 24-13 hole at Seattle
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The Minnesota Vikings stayed competitive until their former receiver Percy Harvin returned a kickoff 58 yards to set up a late first-half score and the two-score lead for the Seattle Seahawks.
An early Vikings' turnover put them behind the eight ball as they trail 24-13 at CenturyLink Field.
Quarterback Christian Ponder bounced back from a sack-fumble on the third play of the game, which led to the Seahawks' opening field goal, and threw for a 38-yard touchdown to receiver Jarius Wright in the second quarter. The touchdown made it a 10-10 tie before the Seahawks rattled off 79 yards on nine plays for the 17-10 lead.
Rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson made the first start of his career and caught two passes for 19 yards and fielded three returns for 88 yards. Receiver Jerome Simpson, recently charged with third-degree DWI, sat the first play before entering the game.
However, Simpson appeared to be the fourth receiving option in the first half as he didn't the field much and caught one pass for one yard. Wright, starting for inactive receiver Greg Jennings (Achilles), beat cornerback Richard Sherman on a double move off the play-action from Ponder for the deep score.
Wearing a harness on his recently dislocated left shoulder, Ponder was sacked three times on the first two drives. Right tackle Phil Loadholt allowed multiple quarterback pressures in the first half and was flagged for false start shortly following a four-yard loss by Ponder along the right side.
Ponder rallied and completed 9-of-13 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown along with a few inaccurate tosses.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch abused the Vikings along the goal line, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry but scoring on runs of just one- and four-yards. Quarterback Russell Wilson averaged 16 yards per pass attempt as he stretched the field against the Vikings' 30th-ranked defense.
The Vikings gained 154 yards in the first half, but had an additional 51 yards off Seahawks' pass interference penalties that helped translate into two Blair Walsh field goals.
Running back Adrian Peterson couldn't find much room to work with, gaining just 35 yards on 14 carries in the first half. The Vikings hold the time of possession edge, 18:17-to-11:43, but their defense has allowed 24 points in the limited clock.